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Letters to the Editor

Letter: Ban automatic and semi-automatic weapons

To the Editor:

Mass murders seem to be increasing.

The power of the NRA is insanely strong. We’ve all heard their rebuttals to anti-gun sentiments, “Guns don’t kill people. People kill people.”

How much additional violence can a person with an automatic weapon inflict upon innocent people? Think about the vulnerability of students and teachers during the Texas school house massacre.

Remember the murders there and in the past on college campuses, in entertainment venues, houses of worship and places of business by disgruntled employees.

We rarely turn on a newscast without hearing about violent shooting deaths.

Yes, citizens have a constitutional right to bear arms (albeit for purposes of protecting personal property), but why should persons other than law enforcement and the military have the right to bear automatic or semi-automatic weapons? Hunters don’t need them. I don’t need them, and neither do you.

Thank the NRA and its lobbyists that such weapons are available to the general public in gun stores all across our country.

It is past time to discontinue this malfeasance of our constitutional rights. It has been carried way too far.

When even a “bump stock” that turns a semi-automatic weapon into a fully automatic weapon akin to a machine gun cannot be outlawed because of technical issues that are beyond comprehension, the entire authorization process has gotten out of hand. The basis for this can be explained by three strong words: Power, profit and greed.

Do something. Let’s make 2018 the year we upset the apple carts of overly irrational gun owners and the NRA.

James Rex

McHenry

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